Whether it’s Slaven Bilic, David Moyes or now Manuel Pellegrini in charge of West Ham United, Chris Hughton just seems to have the Hammers’ number at the moment it appears.
West Ham saw their three game unbeaten run end Friday evening, as Brighton followed up their season sweep of the visitors by beating them 1-0 at the AmEx Stadium.
It was a night of futile frustration in the end for Pellegrini’s men, as his side were caught napping in conceding in the opening 45 and failed to be clinical to get the equalizer the rest of the way.
Glen Murray secured another big goal in his Brighton and Premier League career, as he scored another poacher’s goal in the 25th minute, as poor defending from Arthur Masuaku saw the veteran forward tap up past Lukasz Fabianski. Murray could have had more on the evening, as West Ham lacked the improved defensive sturdiness they’ve featured in the last three games.
And despite the Hammers being the much better side in the second half, they could not really test Mathew Ryan like they should have, especially Marko Arnautovic’s point blink chance that he could not put on goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
West Ham will return to action after the international break, when they have a London Derby this time against a currently reeling Tottenham at home in the London Stadium.